REORIENTATION FOR NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION: THE ROLE OF LITERATURE
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Africa Focus. (ed) Daniela Merolla
At the formative period of any human society, certain relevant orientations are conceived, designed and actualized to create awareness on what should be acceptable and or unacceptable in human relationships. There are core values, norms and morals aimed at getting the natives to be properly brought up and to be aware of their place, time and identity within their society. The sole aim of such orientations is to ensure cohesion and a peaceful harmonious living. Oral literature as it is used in this paper refers to those literary artistic creations composed in oral form for the purposes of entertainment, edification and education. In it, we limit our discussions to the oral version of literature, drawing most of the excerpts copiously from the works of oral Igbo literary artists. A few instances are as well drawn from the written version as the needs arise.
Re-orientation, national transformation, role, oral Igbo literature.